Crime

She crashed into a Miami police officer’s car in stolen SUV, cops say. Then she took off.

A Miami police officer was injured March 4, 2019, when his police cruiser was hit by an SUV in Coral Gables. The driver of the SUV, Amalia Gonzalez, was later arrested on charges including fleeing the scene of an accident.
A Miami police officer was injured March 4, 2019, when his police cruiser was hit by an SUV in Coral Gables. The driver of the SUV, Amalia Gonzalez, was later arrested on charges including fleeing the scene of an accident. CBS4

After slamming a stolen SUV into a Miami police car in Coral Gables early Monday morning, police say Amalia Gonzalez took off running.

Gonzalez, 29, who has a history of traffic violations, was later found at Ponce De Leon Boulevard and Ruiz Avenue. She was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, being a habitual traffic offender, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and careless driving.

According to Coral Gables police, an anonymous call came in about 2:45 a.m. reporting that the driver of a vehicle heading north on U.S. 1 lost control and hit a City of Miami police cruiser that was heading south.

Footage from Miami Herald news partner CBS4 shows a Kia Sorrento on its side and a crashed police car.

Miami police say officer Alain Guerra, an 11-year veteran, injured his wrist. CBS4 reported that Guerra was taken to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, part of Baptist Health South Florida. Coral Gables police said the officer broke his arm in the crash.

Gonzalez, who is from Miami Beach, has been cited 19 times for traffic violations, records show. She has paid $5,017.50 in fines and still owes $3,227.90.

She received her first traffic ticket, according to records, in 2007 for going 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. She paid $199.

Through the years, she racked up citations and fines for violations including driving with a suspended license, failing to yield at a sidewalk, no proof of insurance, running a stop sign or light and failure to use due care.

She also been arrested on criminal charges including controlled substance possession, misdemeanor battery and habitual driving with license suspended. She was placed on one day of probation, records show.

Gonzalez, according to her arrest report, admitted to officers that she stole the vehicle from her boyfriend.

“The defendant admitted to fleeing the scene of the crash because she knew she was a habitual traffic offender,” an officer wrote in the report.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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